If you were planning on going on a month long vacation, would you leave without mapping out your route? Would you take a single step out of the house if you had no idea where you were going? No! So why is it people start writing novels without plotting? A novel is a multi-year commitment; … Continue reading Mapping Out Your Journey – Plotting, Part I
Today, I was supposed to talk about plotting. But I'm not going to, because I'm an expert at making detailed plans and then abandoning them. You know what else I was supposed to be doing? Rewriting Reign of Chaos. You know what I'm not doing? Rewriting Rei- Rewriting Reign of Chaos. Don't interrupt me. Well … Continue reading How to Throw Your Plans Out the Window Like a Boss
The next phase for The Blue Shoe Skidoo is upon us! I can practically hear what you're thinking. Is it going to be fun? Absolutely! Does it include writing? Of course! Are there free things we can get? You bet! Are you trying to totally hook all your readers with cheap suspense methods? How'd you … Continue reading Some Really Exciting Stuff is Happening!
You may be under the impression that writing is a lonely, solitary career that only takes place inside a locked room. Not to be rude but, YOU’RE WRONG. If you are the only person involved in your writing career, there’s a very good chance that you’re going to fail. Just saying. You’re at least going … Continue reading A Writer’s Community
When most people hear this phrase, they think about the intangible tools of writing; plot, characterization, tension, etc. But I want to talk about the actual, physical tools of writing. Notebooks These are probably one of the most critical tools you can have. There's something about writing your thoughts in a notebook that's just so … Continue reading The Tools of Writing
Excerpt from Addleberg Lang: When I started writing Magic Stones, there were five siblings; Jasper, Jasmine, Ruby, Topaz and Emerald. I finished writing the first book Reign of Chaos and was working on the second when I had a friend start acting as my editor. (Yeah, I was totally jumping the gun.) I cleaned up … Continue reading The End of Topaz
You now have an idea for a story and the motivation to work on it, but you have one problem: you don’t have time to work on it! How on earth can I fit writing into my already busy schedule? How can I balance writing with work? Never fear! The answer is here. You have … Continue reading Balancing Your Double Life